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Connestee Falls Hosts Annual VISION Golf Tournament


May 20, 2019

VISION Transylvania’s 16th annual golf tournament at Connestee Falls drew golfers from local companies and golf enthusiasts alike to fund operational expenses and a tuition scholarship for the leadership program and its high school counterpart, VIZ Transylvania.

The full day of golf began with a dark cloud that could be seen from miles away as golfers approached the tournament.

A light drizzle delayed setup for VISION members, who managed to find organization amongst the cloudy chaos. Lunch was served, raffle and door prize tickets were distributed and set up was complete.

As if on cue, the drizzle ceased, the clouds vanished and the sun came out as the golf carts were loaded and golfers hit the green with a shotgun start for 18 holes of golf on the acclaimed Connestee Falls Golf Course.

The 2018-2019 Class of VISION Transylvania was responsible for executing the golf tournament. As part of the leadership curriculum explored during the 10-month course, the class formed committees to plan logistics for the golf tournament, solicit sponsorships and door prize donations from local businesses, promote the event through traditional and social media outlets, and execute the tournament.

Golf Tournament Co-Commissioners Erik Emaus and Cindy Donaldson, VISION class members who volunteered for their roles, held the VISION team together and organized the event, with a team of VISION Board members serving as mentors.

The class worked mostly outside of their day-long, monthly classes to organize to-do lists, assign duties, celebrate victories, navigate challenges and experience common group dynamics.

Beth Hampton, the coordinator of day of events, kept everyone in line while making the day a fun success.

Of the 93 golfers teeing off, the first-place men’s team included James Hoffman, Steve Muench, Jerry Muench and Dick Fudge.

In second place, by one point, was the team from Dugan’s Pub, made up of Ron Gurtler, Corey Owen, Calum McAndrews and Salley Stepp.

Two women’s teams tied for first place. Team Watkins included June Muench, Maureen Watkins, Vicky Farrell and Judy McKown. Team Fisher Realty included Barbara Tafley, Laura Clark, Susan Buchanan and Martha Whitney.

Winning “Closest to the Pin” awards were Vicky Farrell and Richie Case. “Longest Drives” were won by Steve Muench, Dell Barber and Kay Campbell.

Off the course, Joan Van Orman of Focused Marketing won the raffle prize of a day of golf for four, while Nick Iosue of Entegra Bank won the seven-day vacation at The Sea Pines Resort in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

A tremendous thank you to the following sponsors. Championship Sponsors: Domokur Architects, Dugan’s Pub, Connestee Falls Realty, Dave’s Stained Glass, Brevard High School, Transylvania County Schools, Republic Services, Comporium, Beverly Hanks, Looking Glass Realty, Yole Properties and David Mahoney.

Foursome Sponsors: Robert Tuttle, Larry Donaldson, Susan O’Neal, Kay Campbell, Tim Gafnea, Jim Cruickshank and Clark Lovelace.

Master Sponsors: Fisher Realty, Newman Law Firm, Fyzical Therapy & Balance Centers, Rockbrook Camp and Key Stone Camp.

Eagle Sponsors: Brevard Police Department, Looking Glass Realty and Pepsi.

Hole Sponsors: Creekside Subs, Hampton Inn, Mountain Sun School, Brevard College, Tony Carollo, Brevard/Transylvania Chamber of Commerce, Workout Anytime, Comporium, Platt Architecture, United Community, Truventure, The Condor Company, DD Bullwinkel’s Outdoor and Metcalf Compounding Pharmacy.

And to all those who generously donated to the cause, we thank you.

A special thank you to the VISION Board of Directors Ed Carroll, Angela Owen, Dana Garrett, Glenda McCarson, Ray Gill, Dave Wahus, Kevin Smith, Brian Weaver, Colin Kirkman, Joan Van Orman, Michael Brown, Gretchen Herbert, Jeanne Hunter, Prentiss Brewer, Nancy Coleman, Heather Christensen and Bethany Rundell.

“It was great to see this class come together as a team committed to the common goal of bringing this golf tournament to life,” said Glenda McCarson, Associate Vice President for the Transylvania County Campus of Blue Ridge Community College, which offers VISION Transylvania as a continuing education course. “The work these students put in will have a positive impact on the program for next year and a legacy of leadership for our community, as these motivated individuals continue leading in their respective community roles.”

VISION Transylvania is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, supported by a volunteer Board of Directors. It is supported by Blue Ridge Community College, Brevard College, the Heart of Brevard, the Brevard/Transylvania Chamber of Commerce and Transylvania County Schools.


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